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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Here I am....back in my old form....recognize the meditating bear???
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Ok, that worked. Now I can go back to saying how glad I am to find you all here still.....like coming home for Christmas. I am in for Jan +++ w30 but need to get my butt in gear about it, which takes more effort than it used to BECAUSE IT IS BIGGER THAN IT USED TO BE Well, Merry Christmas everyone See you after and may 2017 bring many delights to us all.
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Oh arrgh!! I wrote a long first new reply and it doesnt seem to have posted. Will keep this one short as a trial.
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Well, folks, I dunno what happened, but I had one heck of a time logging in there for awhile. At least I could read your posts and SMILE at the stories, sliding pie crusts, rebellious bread dough, bathtub negotiations, and Crimsann's incredible capacity to be around cupcakes while doing a whole 30!! You are fantastic...all of you! I am back from joy trip, all 48 hours of it, to NYC with the hubs. We had a great time, once we got through the flying stuff, which sends him to the literal edge...but we had what was almost a second honeymoon, minus the sex ( we are old) and it was very sweet. I can feel myself getting thick in the middle and a little too loose with the ISH part of whole 30-ish, so I am going to start up July 1...need the next few days to get my mind around it again. I will probably ignore the soy sauce in a few dressings in the fridge that need to be used up...but otherwise, full steam ahead. Help me out, partners, becauseI have sinned while in NYC...so the comedown may be Hard!! Susan, I get the hubby who never throws things away...and unfortunately, it is about to get worse at our house. While in NYC, we went to an antique book store where they were selling old covers of the New Yorker. My beloved says:" oh my, and I have been giving those away!! I think I will start keeping them ". Time for an addition on the house for the magazine wing. We alread have the old tax returns room, and the files from committees twenty years ago library. I don't use my Instapot much in the summer except for Bone broth and ghee...am thinking more abut how to make salads and cold proteins easier.
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    I am also in, Susan and Crimsann. Starting a day late (today), and will do a modified version between June 24 and 27
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Nancy, so glad to see you back on the screen. I know you have been a comfort to your family, snorting and all. I believe laughter is so important at times like these. Glad you were able to give them that gift, a sell as the many gifts that come from just being YOU. Crimsann, thanks so much for sharing the meal plan....very great ideas. So, each week you plan 2 meals and make enough of it to cover all 14 meals ( minus meal 1)? That is surly one way to simplify....don't you get bored with rotating two things out for all those meals??? I've given up looking for a great 30 days ahead when some event won't interfere with a whole 30, so I am just going to do my best to be compliant all the time, except for the really special occasions ahead, and then not go crazy...then maybe I can do a very strict 60or more starting in August after I return from vacation. There is plenty I can do to make myself feel and be better...and no reason not to ramp that up right now. Otherwise, all is well here. Keep taking good care everyone.
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    GLOP. Went to a garden party (WAY too fancy for me) today and ate bad stuff. FEEL LIKE GLOP. Going to bed. Tomorrow is another day. Sigh. Let's hope this is a good week. Supposed to have a taste of summer here this week....a few days of that and I will start complaining about the heat OK, I am actually better than that sounded....just a bit irritated w myself for sliding off the rails.
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hi, everyone. Nancy, sorry for your loss. I LOVE my SILs...just don't see them enough. Kudos to them for living with my love able but rotten big brothers whose favorite trick in childhood was to tie me up in the garage and leave me there until Mom and Dad wondered where I was. No wonder my favorite thing to do was to go hide in a neighbors dog house, with their German shepherd who lived there, or to climb the tree behind our shed and get up on the roof, out of sight. My poor hubby, he is living with result of these coping mechanisms.... My fish...yes, 60 pounds, just for the two of us. My freezer is now so full it is a death defying act to open the door. The Fish is caught in Alaska, in season, flash Frozen and shipped by a one man outfit called Salmon and Sable. I bought 60 pounds to avoid the shipping charges, but, then again, I basically had to surrender my puny freezer space until we eat our way back into it. The fish is the best I have ever had, but it comes in season, so now I have enough halibut and sablefish to get me through to next Spring. If you are interested, check out the Salmon and Sable website...but, warnin, it is EXPENSIVE....just worth it for me to be compliant and not eat so much red meat along the way. I have an order for salmon for the fall...not in season now. Anyway, since I spent so much on the fish, I have my Julia CHild The Way To Cook here on the coffee table and am reading about how to,properly treat frozen fish....hmmm...I might have to quit my job.... I've fallen by the wayside twice this week, stopping by our health food store and the juice bar to get a green smoothie...then today, a sandwich (WHAT.???).....so will restart my whole 30-ish on Sunday as tomorrow I am meeting up with a friend from out of town at a local French bakery-her choice...cmon people....I cannot be asked to do that, can I? So I may be facing joining you all in June, for real. Or maybe waiting to jump in with Nancy in July because hubs and I are going to NYC at the end of June and I just won't feel like being compliant for a weekend in the Big Apple. In the meantime, I am going to try to I've toward compliance...getting way from those smoothies, the cappuccinos, sandwiches, etc....I feel so much better when I do!! Crimsann, any chanc you can share your meal plans? Cheers everyone!! UNiversity graduation here, so the town is a zoo!!!
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Bpaitsel, Looks like we posted At the same time, so I didn't see your post until now. Wow, two deaths in your family, I am so sorry. YOU ARE ALSO FREAKING FEARLESS to have come out on the other side of THAT as level headed as you sound....and now selling your hous? YOWZAH! so very wise of you to keep taking good care of yourself. We know we do better in times of stress and loss when we are rested and hormonally even from making good food choices.... Life is just better in or near the whole 30, especially because it includes our crew!!
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Crimsann, thanks. Your logical way of approaching this is really helpful. By keeping the outcomes we want in mind, then we apply the rules (or bend them) to get us there. I like your self imposed rule of "ok if it is planned ahead of time"....and some of your other structures. For sure, when I adopt an "I will just improvise" approach to adapting the plan it is far too easy for improvising to become a full time way or acting. Lindy, I find I have a strange time with eggs sometimes....usually just phlegm in the throat (apologies for the TMI), but it does seem to happen more frequently, although not consistently, after breakfast....so, hmmmm.of course, beef is kinda hard to digest too...but I just plain need it sometimes. How do you know when you are acidic? I hate sting rays...you are so freakin fearless!! M
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Nancy, Crimsann, Lindy, Bpaitsel, Susan, C Ceseaux....hi! Crimsann, thanks for your ruminating on longer programs. I love things like that , counterintuitive but true. I am planning to start TOMORROW and was thinking of only 30, but will at least go through all of June....could be longer IF I am able to do what you do, Crimsann, in allowing some flex on weekends.....is that compliant ingredients flexibility, or do you let it all go for two days and then get back to business?? I dunno, in that regard I think Nancy and I are alike...no such thing as a little baccanalia.....love that, Nancy! So, I am venturing back into 30 at least. I am not fully prepared....the freezer has stuff but not really as I like it to support w30, but, as you say. This time of year has TONS of food supports out there, with more coming in. I am not going to fuss about a little butter here or there, or even a few legumes...but I will feel a whole lot better with no sugar, no wine, no bread, cheese, and some of the other little treats I have fallen back to trying......too often. I am expecting my shipment of the spring catch of Alaskan fish this week...60 pounds of it...hope my freezer willandle it all....but I will have no excuse not to have fish 2-3 times a week now.... And, after ready Lindy, I am going back into the kitchen now to start some bone broth... Bpaitsel and Susan, hope your spirits are up a bit with the return of the sun for we Virginians....even tho it is a bit chilly☃☀️
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hi everyone! I LOVE this group - each of us on our journeys, climbing over (or carrying) our own rocks, but also seeking and finding the sun and thew cool breezes of enjoying life and FEELING GREAT. Miss Lindy, your cold water swims absolutely take my breath away - just thinking about them! I am so impressed and so appreciative of you for reminding me about bone broth. bpaitsel and nancy, and everyone suffering from deep loss - thanks for sharing what is happening in your lives. I've been swimming thourhg mud with a very depressed husband and resulting family uproars - a broken heart for me when I had to miss a weekend away with my sister - but now I am on a plan to find my feet beneath me again....rounding up all the psychological and spiritual supports I need - AND remembering that It Starts With Food!!...but, hearing from each of you, I feel your arms around me and all of us...and I know my challenges are no more or less than any of yours... I also know and see how emotional eating does not take care of the emotional stress...just makes me feel worse overall. I need to move closer to 100% for sure. so good we are here for each other. I've been trying to focus on more sleep (and hence less screen time) for the past week or so...but now, well, I just need you all....and you never disappoint. So, one foot in front of the other - each meal, each day, each decision about what I put in my mouth a vote for my well being... You are all so inspiring...and so real. So now, after watching Donald Trump wrap up the nomination (more or less) tonight...accompanied by a cup of sleep tea...I am off, with you all in my heart and prayers. What a country, what a process. Whatever we see in the candidates and the process, it all clearly points to the need for more of us to be in our bodies, not thrown from one shoal to another by bad food choices....clear and energized. We are going to need all the clarity we can get, whether we end up with Donald or Hillary.....whew. Peace out, my friends. Sleep, eat, and be well. merg
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hi there, T&T buddies! After a LONG vacay from following this thread (when I actually missed you all) - here I am plugging back in. I'm up to date on all the posts and cheering you on, everyone. Love the shopping basket discipline, Crimsann (and the sneaky workaround, Nancy)...and appreciate all the tips and recipe ideas, etc. I believe the last time i squeaked up was when I was screeching off road in my speeding car...I was staying silent then about starting another W30 in April since my birthday was in the first week and I didn't want to rain on my own parade... But, let me tell you something....my own theory that I think is interesting During my post-January slow slide into bad habits, I didn't go whole hog bad....just a breakfast croissant here, a latte there....more wine than usual...and then - god forbid - an actual sandwich (or two). It wasn't every meal, or even every day...just the drip, drip, drip of decisions that had consequences. I started to notice some joint aches (like some of you) - and then some change in my, eh...elimination patterns. THEN, I was exposed to a GI virus when I visited someone in a nursing home - and I was hit HARD for more than a week. I think my system was already out of balance and the virus found a happy home. I'm just coming out on the other side of this....and now thinking about getting back on the horse. I do believe that each w30 helps to lock in better habits and preferences....adding bread back in was really a last resort....and sugar has still not been of great interest.....so there is some progress. The good news about my illness: NO INTEREST IN WINE....yay. Nancy, I am so with you about believing it must be all or nothing....and so hopeful you can believe in your ability to get to a place where that isn't true....maybe it is just chipping away at it with each successive w30.... Miss Lindy, your polar bear swims are an inspiration - and will likely stay that way for me...brrrrrr....and Crimsann, bpaitsel, and Susan, thanks for all the strategies and recipes....I've had an IP for a year now, but never went on the Facebook page....that is NEXT. Anyway, happy Spring everyone (Fall for you, Lindy)....and has everyone seen the recent spate of articles debunking the FAT myth...and then pointing to sugar as a demon? Good stuff out there these days. Cheers to all! merg
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Btw, in case any of you also are struggling with alcohol restriction....I got an email todayom the whole life challenge people (I did one of those before I found w30).... Anyway, the writer said that it takes the liver 10 hours to process the toxins in alcohol from one drink....and during that time the liver is NOT processing the fat from the food you have also eaten....so, give the liver a break and let it do its whole job without overloading it with alcohol.... Are you listening, Merg???
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hey everyone, so glad to get some time to check back and catch up. I have been Slammed at work, struggling to keep up good eating plan but responding to stress by, guess what? Stressing my body with crappy foods and wine...feeling.not.so.great.now. Miss Lindy, I love your cooking lesson. I think you were around when I first learned how to make bone broth and several moderators and forum members rather gently suggested I might be growing jars of bacteria instead...hmmmm. Now, when I've had some broth in the fridge for a few too many days, I just pour it out....weeping a bit as I do. As the weather changes here, the bone broth is less appealing, although the salutary effects of it remain...want to get back on that p,an and I have some chicken b.b. In the freezer now. I am so grateful to you all for the conversation about how to maintain...whether to do regular w30s, or intermittent w14s...or the shopping cart plan....or a combo thereof. I told myself, well yesterdayI think it was, that I would have no wine except when we went out to dinner....which we almost never do....not even at official functions where there might be a bar. That lasted until tonight when I slugged down a couple glasses watching my team play ball in the NCAA. Tomorrow is another day. I also need to do some batch cooking and make it easier to eat well AND interesting things. When I think of getting back on the program I feel a little BORED....so clearly is time for some recipe infusion. I would like to lock in some good food guidelines for myself, but am struggling to do so...hate to think about another 30, but clearly I need at least a two week reset....problem for me and starting up again in April is that the 4th is my birthday....send me some cake, Crimsann! So I am goi to keep reading this dialogue and writing to all of you. I hope we can stay together here, even if other forums are calling. OK, now WAY PAST MY BEDTIME, and I am watching two teams I don't even care about....but glad to have this time to check I with my pals. Cha cha cha
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    My comrades, brave ones...stumbling from time to time, losing hope momentarily...but always revisiting your deep internal strength and good humor...HOORAY for each and every one of us as we keep getting back up on the horse, over and over. Oh, I too have stumbled and strayed. I have watched myself drink wine at night, and then lose sleep, and also get out of whack emotionally...and I ask WHY OH WHY??? I see how sugar sneaks back in....the main doorway being mild in my coffee, believe it or not....seems to be a straight line to a chocolate croissant, a cookie, a piece of great chocolate in the afternoon....gotta stop. STOP...STOP. here in Virginia we are having a ridiculously early Spring....I hope it is just a preview and not the beginning of a LONG hot summer....but, anyway, it brings with it less inspiration for coffee drinks and more toward iced tea....more inspiration for las clothing...and thoughts of the beach....the promise of fresh local food....produce...HOORAY, So, I am hoping to shake off the darkness and coldness of winter and open myself to the great new beginning of Spring...not starting all over again, but picking up where I left off....now a bit wiser than before...now moving on o th next level. C'mon, let's go!! Miss Lindy....every now and then, our "better angels" just take a nap and the little devil inside just needs to speak up. I am actually not surprised by what you said...well, a little, since I would have doubted you had such behavior in you...BUT, with the discouragement you have been feeling, I am not surprised that frustration gave birth to such an event. I know, however, you are indomitable, and will be back on the trail VERY SOON, soaking up the scenery and loving it all.
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Crimsann, your baguette story is just the BEST...oh, well, making a weak second to the brakes story...glad you stood up for yourself, but I do hope you find someone who decides to END this being your problem. I DREAM of having a good friend who is a really superb mechanic....and he could be kind and a little bit sexy too, just as a bonus. I also appreciate your bread in the car in the rain story because I,ve navigated the last few rainy days by making the OTHER decision....taking in things that lead to sweet, that ARE sweet, and that form the foundation of this thinking on my way home: "well, I have already BLOWN today, so why not.....(fill in the blanks)"......this is the road to ruin. Curious to me that abstinence come in segments called DAYS, rather than meals, or hours....so when I go off the rails, I throw out the baby with the bath water. So, in that light, I appreciate your bread story of resistance, even though you had more than enough frustration quotient for that day to munch down the entire loaf. I am amused by my own patterns here...and how strong they are. One thought that has entertained me over the past several days of my wrestling with coffee: do you think we crave warm milk because of early experiences as infants?? Is there something primal about that? A good friend of mine is working with the Briight Line Eating Program, in which they advise to stay away from milk...and actually coffee too...but milk because it tends to lead to sugar cravings...sure seems to for me. Anyway, Nancy, as our weather turns here, I am looking at last season's Marie Kondoization of my closet and realize I did a very halfway effort, being nowhere near discriminating enough to get rid of things. I confess that I struggle a bit with how to store and manage clothes for multiple seasons, but it is true that, whatever the season, I opt to wear the same five or six outfits every week.....I guess those are the ones, in Kondo's lexicon, that "spark joy". As for the multiple sizes challenge...get rid of those smaller clothes. When you get back to that size, you will deserve some great new clothes and it will be a way to celebrate to go buy them!!
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Nancy, I m certain you can make anything work that you set your mind and heart to. Go for it...and keep coming here to tell us how it is going.
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Thanks to Meadow Lily for the beautiful visualization. Have been thinking that this journey is less about don't eat this or that, and more about changing my relationship with food...where all of me is nourished and nurtured by what I eat...not just my taste buds...where my moods and sleep and well being come before some habitual or really temporary pleasure that signals a long downhill slide... I went ou to dinner tonight with my hubs and ordered the BEST veggie side dish...Mostly compliant...Brussels sprout petals sautéed in butter(probably) and in some kind of light broth with spinach...topped off with a dusting of Parmesan...wow. I think I can do like bits of cheese in my cooking....and little bits of wine in cooking as well...but no to th straight imbibing for me. I am already looking forward to feeling better this week by making good choices and Geting Out Side. Also want to remind everyone, as It Starts With Food demonstrates so well, some of th cascade of eating things we think we want to avoid is BIOCHEMIcal....not simply a failure of will power. When we get that there is science behind all of this, maybe it makes it easier to get out of our own way and try to get along with the natural forces waiting there to help us feel strong and resilient?? One meal at a time.... Cheers, partners... Merg
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    GULP.....well, hullo.... YES, Nancy, I am on the same path...the path of disgust with myself for being so far from the program in such a short time. I am learning how it goes for me, starting innocently enough with some cream in my coffee...which then leads directly to wanting SWEET...and so then, just ONE really nice piece of gourmet, handcrafted local chocolate... And on another dimension, just one glass of red wine one night, leads to red wine every night...and then cravings for wine pairings like great cheese, bread...you name it. BUT here's what is GREAT: I feel bad. Not so easy to wake up in the morning. I take some Advil every night so as to ward off the post wine headache...I am moody and grumpy...and one of my zero balancing clients the other day told me I looked pale. HMMMM.....the disconnect competes with the dimensions of the Grand Canyon.... I like your strategy, Crimsann, and your suggestions. I just cannot do another W30 without being a caricature of myself. So, maybe for now I launch into my own good plan, sort of following what you've suggested Crimsann. This reminds me of advice from Meadow Lily about each of us having our own food management plan... So, that is partly why I have been absent...slinking away in shame...by also just super busy. I did finish my big speech...hooray...and now on to other goals. I am happy that the weather here is getting milder, so more walking is easier to do...and that feeds better eating , etc...but I really must say: wine is my downfall. Not that I drink so much, just that it erodes my sense of well being in ways I never recognized until W 30. Your humble servant, Merg
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Susan, thanks for the reminder about mixing it up. You are so RIGHT.
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Hey, bpaitsel and Nancy.... Just a word about fitness from moi. My goals, at 63, are pretty modest. I want, mainly, to have some regular fitness practices a normal part of virtually every day, and I keep them rather simple and adjustable to the time I have available. Basically my current regimen is walking 3-4 miles per day, typically in the morning before I go to work, although sometimes I squeeze in a walk at lunchtime at work, or take a conference call on th road and all while I do that. On the weekends, I usually walk a greate distance. Just doing that regularly has really changed my legs over the course of a number of months. Before I walk, I do ten to fifteen minutes of easy yoga, just to wake up my body. Yes, this has me getting up around 5:30 and usually not done with it all until 8, but I have an easy commute to work and a somewhat flexible work schedule. We also have a shower in our building at work, so I can shower there if I don't have too much fussing to do with hair, etc....and this pretty much requires that breakfast be made in advance and portable and eaten at my desk as my computer fires up. I also notice that my patterns change with th seasons and the daylight. I find it FAR EASIER to get out of bed early in the Spring and Summer mornings to take a long walk than it is in the winter...but, once I have th right warm clothes and get into the habit, an early morning walk is much more possible for me - assuming it isn't icy- even in the winter...and, of course, I have my two goofy four legged buddies who really appreciate it when we go for walks....one at a time, since they are so big. Anyway, I don't do weight training no aside from a little body weight only work in th yoga, and Pilates once a week. I could definitely b in better shape, but I feel like this modest program is working for me. I know you can find something that works for you too...just needs to become routine...a normal and enjoyable part of your days.
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Ok, crew mates....educate me: what is NSV? Hsheffield: I discovered black cod/sablefish from the guys who sell frozen Alaskan seafood at our farmers mkt. the Mkt is closed now until the first of April, but I bought a "share" from them to get me through the winter. It included sablefish/black cod, a delicious and unusual white salmon, and a bit of halibut. The quality of their fish is astonishing and for once I actually like preparing and eating it. I wish it were line-caught, but I believe their practices are fairly sustainable. Really yummy. And, like you, I have, from time to time, allowed myself to binge on compliant foods. It always reminds me that I have a ways to go on getting my relationship to food and nutrition to a better place...but I am more comfortable now, after 3 Whole30s, that it is a journey and I am getting somewhere better. SO GLAD you ditched the diet sodas. When I think of what I put in my mouth as information for my body, I wonder what in the world my body must have made of the years of Diet Coke (and TAB-yes, I am that old) I used to drink! yikes? Bpaitsel: I like the way you are moderating your HRT based on symptoms...so wise to listen to your body and respond, rather than flood it with hormones when it may not need them constantly....of course, I am super careful about that stuff having had breast cancer a couple of times...so HRT was never an option for me...and I do what I can to counter the effects of my body being a ZEE....zero estrogen environment...which is a bit of a struggle, but, blessedly, I never had HUGE hot flash issues. Thanks for your note about the ketogenic way of eating. I am interested primarily because my cholesterol went up with my first w30 and has remained up. My HDL is good, but LDL is higher than the doctors want and the total is over 250. I would like to mak som changes to impact that...maybe keto is an answer? I trust your and Nancy's judgement about th book and will purchase a copy. Some of the links I am following online make me pretty nervous about the science behind them....knowing VVERY WELL how limited science is in getting us to wisdom. At the same time, I do not want to make significant changes that will have a negative impact, obviously. Fortunately, my stockpiled sweet potato supply from last summer is now almost gone....mice in the garage enjoy some of them....so I will be looking to lighten up the amount of sweet taters in the breakfast hash....and maybe go off a bit more in th direction of greens and sausage or eggs...but I have LOVEDour hash recipe! Also, am still receiving probably two more boxes of Florida grapefruit which I Derek for monthly delivery through April, I think. I can give SOME away, but these puppies are expensive...not to mention delicious....so I will have a hard time cutting them out entirely to be low carb...but, I haven't read the book yet, so perhaps my motivation will be increased when I do. Would love to hear more from you and Nancy about what you think...and also how well you have done getting out to move more....so important to our well being! Crimsann, thanks for your rods on encouragement and off to help with the blog. Gotta get though my big speech on Thursday, and then I move on to tackling that goal. I am going to use a planning tool to help hold myself accountable....will copy along the link in a later post. Cheers everyone!
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    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Geez! I thought I had already posted on this new thread....anyway, thanks Crimsann for moving us to our new home. Am so glad to see everyone here. I am doing well...allowing a bit of this and a bit of that ....but mostly just one small something per day, and some days still all compliant. Want to keep it that way. Thanks for the recipe...and for all of your tals or victories. The momnts of waiting out desire/urges are significant but really not THAT long.